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LAS VEGAS, Nev. / Does U.S. Senate Candidate Sharron Angle’s affinity for the Church of Scientology affect her feelings towards beer and alcohol? 

With the election less than a week away in a Republican primary where the biggest issue is who can beat Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election, Angle’s apparent fringe views and the fact that they are out of step with mainstream voters is becoming a big issue for her–and for voters, apparently.

Last month YOUR POLITICAL NEWS filed an Open Records Request with Angle’s campaign to find out the scope of her connection to the Church of Scientology and whether that association may have been enhanced by gifts or favors from the Church.

Sharron Angle has yet to respond.

Now her views on drinking alcohol are coming to light.

Just four years ago, Angle said the following about beer drinking:  “I have a very well-developed sense of right and wrong,” she continued, “so I would say to you that it’s not a political thing with me, but a character thing.”

Now, with her views that apparently show she would favor a ban on beer and booze in a state that is home to world-class casinos that rely on them, some voters in that state wonder whether her views on beer is connected to her involvement with the Church.

“Sharron Angle has been able to fly under the radar without any scrutiny,” says “James” on a blog.  “Now that people are actually examining her record she doesn’t hold up!”

Says “Karen”: “Nevada will be a national embarrassment if this crazy woman wins. If Angle wins, it will be six more years of Harry Reid… Yikes!  Angle absolutely frightens me with her extreme views (including Scientology) and I can see why TIME magazine feels that Reid can easily beat her.”

Angle’s connection with the Church of Scientology has come under great scrutiny in Nevada.  As a state lawmaker, she lobbied fellow lawmakers to bring a controversial program created by the Church of Scientology to the state but never revealed the Church’s connection.  It didn’t have a prayer once word leaked that the Church of Scientology was behind it.

Sue Lowden, another candidate for U.S. Senate, is vehemently opposed to any ban on booze.

“I would say this is another example of Sharron Angle being a convenient conservative,” Robert Uithoven said. “Adults should be trusted to drink responsibly, not have the government make that choice for them. … [Angle’s remarks] completely contradict the personal responsibility of what our party stands for.”

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. / An open records request filed today by the political website YourPoliticsNews.com seeks to discover the extent of any connection between the controversial Church of Scientology and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

Up until last week Angle has been a virtual unknown and has not received the same coverage or scrutiny as her opponents.

In 2003, then Assemblywoman Sharron Angle backed a trip to Mexico to visit The Second Chance Program, a program backed by the Church of Scientology.  Second Chance claimed to detoxify inmates by administering vitamin and mineral supplements, massage and sauna treatments to drain the body of drug toxins.  But Angle did not reveal the Church of Scientology connection when she championed the program to her colleagues and arranged for a paid trip to Mexico to see the program in action.  Interest in the program quickly waned once the connection to the Church became public.

Four years later the same program became the focus of a ‘Wall Street Journal‘ report after New Mexico adopted the program for its state prisons.

In its story, the ‘Wall Street Journal’ (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07019/755193-28.stm) described Second Chance as “one of the country’s most unusual alternatives to the nation’s prison systems. Founded by a Scientologist and former real-estate developer — and funded partly by federal tax dollars — Second Chance is a treatment program for nonviolent prisoners with substance-abuse problems.

“It is based on principles of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, who argued that toxins from drugs and pesticides accumulate in the body’s fatty tissues, making it difficult for addicts to kick their habit. Saunas and vitamins are intended to purge these residues. Facing few options for successful long-term ways to treat criminal defendants with serious drug problems, 24 of New Mexico’s 84 district judges have sentenced more than 50 prisoners to terms at Second Chance.”

Sharron Angle, Scientology Connection?

The Open Records request, filed with Angle’s campaign, seeks to discover Angle’s connection to the Church; including if she has received campaign contributions directly or indirectly from the Church; her connection to known Scientology members; and whether Angle, her family or staff received any gifts from the Church that may have inspired her support for the inmate program.

Angle is a former, four-term Republican member of the Nevada Assembly who represented the 26th district from 1999 to 2005.

Though some call it a religion, Scientology has also been described as a cult.  In 1979, several Scientology members were convicted for illegal activities, including the largest theft of government documents in U.S. history.

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